The new Five-0 series has been consistently drawing more than 10 million viewers on Monday nights, which is a good showing in our current time of thousands of cable choices.
The Sunday show drew more than 19 million, a number that will probably top 20 million after the people who taped it get around to watching it. I'm usually in that group, though the Sunday showing was so early even someone who wakes up at 2 a.m. could watch it in real time.
The quality of the show has generally pleased most Hawaii residents, not because it's perfect, but because it's clear the producers want to get it right and make fewer mistakes as they go along. As an ardent viewer of reruns of the original series I have to say the learning curve has been much faster this time than it was on the original series.
It has been wonderful to see several local actors from the original series being used in the new one. This big wet kiss for Hawaii's acting community should enrich the new series when it enters the afterworld of cable reruns.
I have noticed that the very fast editing from shot to shot have the possibly unintended effect of making the beauty shots seem lingering by comparison, and that's a good thing.
A few habitual scenes in the series will need some freshening if they persist.
Danno harangues his boss in every episode while they're in the car. Scott Caan plays it well but the writers need to give him a little more variety if he's going to nag McGarrett week after week after week.
The girlfriend who can push a few buttons and give McGarrett thermal satellite imagery is so useful to the plots that a scene needs to be written to make it more realistic: CINPAC and the governor talk about it and agree to let the cooperation continue to happen so long as it's not abused. That babe puts her career on the line too readily; she needs to know that the brass knows and it's okay.